Awesome fitness classes, cleverly disguised as fun. With so many different classes and a wide variety of days and times offered, you’re guaranteed to fall in love with our group exercise program. Our instructors will coach and motivate you to maximize your workout and have a great time doing it. Try one or all of our classes because group fitness is included with your membership.
The class descriptions below offer an overview of the classes we have been able to offer recently. Not all classes are offered each semester. Classes will rotate in and out as instructors and class space are available.
Please review our Group Fitness Policies (PDF) to ensure you are receiving the best possible experience with group fitness at WellWorks.
Saturday Mind/Body Sampler: The Saturday Mind/Body Sampler takes place every Saturday from 10:30am to 11:30am. A different instructor will hold a mind/body class every Saturday. Offerings include Yoga, Pilates, and Total Barre. This will allow you to get a second class from one your favorite instructors and give you a chance to try a few different classes and instructors. We hope you enjoy the variety and can add it to your weekend routine.
ABC Strength (Alignment – Balance – Core)
ABC Fitness will help participants build the foundations of strength and balance. The instructor will take you through proper posture positions, upper back and lower back exercises, along with general tips on how to maintain symmetry and balance. Classes will incorporate single leg exercises to help you develop good joint stability and strength. The class will include body weight and lightweight exercises in the form of circuit training to develop proper muscle strength and tone. Your core will get plenty of attention and the class will usually end with a 10-minute core, breathing and stretching session.
Vinyasa Yoga focuses on the connection between breath and movement. Flowing from one position to the next with one’s breath all while building strength, improving flexibility, and improving one’s mind body connection. Vinyasa Yoga focuses more on this flow and less about the alignment of each position.
Foundations of Vinyasa Yoga
This class will follow a similar format as the traditional Vinyasa Yoga class but is directed at those who wish to focus on the basics of their Vinyasa Yoga practice (also appropriate for beginners).
When practiced with patience, determination and effort, yoga invigorates the health of our bodies, steadies our minds and enlightens our spirit. Emphasis on proper alignment of the body; props are used to help attain poses. Multi-Level yoga welcomes new participants who have basic knowledge but may have some more advanced movements. If you are a beginner, you may consider signing up for our Beginner Yoga Series.
This unique class uses a combination of postures inspired by ballet and other disciplines like yoga and Pilates. The barre is used as a prop to balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements." Also, don't be surprised if your class incorporates light handheld weights to bring the burn during all those reps, as well as mats for targeted core work.
This class will help participants improve flexibility, build strength and develop control and endurance in the entire body. It puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance.
Active Senior Classes (Grover Center E192):
Core & Balance (Level 1)
Designed by CHSP students with our senior members in mind, this class will begin to strengthen core muscles and improve balance. This class progresses from chair-based to standing exercises with chair and wall support. Elastic tubing with handles is used as resistance from some exercises. This class is most appropriate for beginners, but can be adapted individually for additional challenge. Duration: 40 minutes
Hand-held weights and elastic tubing with handles will be used as resistance while the instructor leads participants through chair-based upper-body strength exercises, progressing to lower-body exercises done standing with chair and wall support. This class was designed to be a manageable and complete strength training experience for our senior members. Duration: 40 minutes
Designed by CHSP students and staff with our senior members in mind, the instructor will guide participants through a series of gentle seated and standing poses, including simple breathing exercises. This class was designed to supplement the active routines of our senior members by providing an opportunity to stretch, balance, and relax the mind-body.
Stair Strength and Endurance
This is our highest intensity active senior class. It is a fast-moving class, and will have you stepping in all directions to improve your endurance and lower-body strength.
Tai Chi for Arthritis
NEW! Tai chi is an ancient Chinese martial art practiced for health and wellness. Many styles and forms of tai chi exist, including Chen, Yang, Wu, Wu, and Sun. Each style is unique but all styles share the same essential principles: Mind-body integration, fluid movements, controlled breathing, and mental concentration. Dr. Paul Lam, a family physician and tai chi master, worked with a team of tai chi and medical specialists to create the Tai Chi for Arthritis program. Tai Chi for Arthritis is based on the Sun style, meaning that it is the most upright tai chi form. The program focuses on weight transference, making it especially useful for improving balance. Most participants can learn the basic forms in 8 to 12 one hour lessons and with regular practice. The movements in Tai Chi for Arthritis flow one after the other. The instructor will introduce a new movement each week. Each movement will build onto the last and flow into the next. Thus, instruction will progress from the beginning to the end of thesemester. It is recommended that participants attend with continuity to facilitate learning the movements as easily as possible. To learn more about tai chi or this evidence-based program visit: https://taichiforhealthinstitute.org/
Class Descriptions for Fitness Classes in Room E194:
Arms and Abs
This class focuses on specific muscle groups for 30-45 minutes. Each class is simple and easy to follow yet still challenging. If you are looking for that added focus for upper body and core, these classes are for you.
This moderate to high intensity class will help you build strength, improve your cardio, and shred pounds in the form of circuit training. There will be between 6-8 stations set up around the room and participants will move from one station to the next every 30-60 seconds. You push yourself to a desired level of intensity with encouragement from the instructor. This class will take you through a variety of upper body, lower body, and core moves with an added dose of kickboxing for good measure.
This one-hour class combines dance moves and toning exercises to increase your heart rate while building strength. The instructor will provide direction for multiple dance/music styles including Latin, hip-hop, Bollywood, African and even some show tunes. All participants are encouraged to bring their own unique style to class The dancing is so much fun that you won’t even realize how hard you’re working! This class is constantly evolving, so you’ll want to keep coming back.
Spinning is a non-impact workout that combines outdoor cycling techniques with great music. During the class the instructor will cue changes in resistance and pace to simulate going up and down hills and fast sprints followed by recovery times. Each student ultimately determines the intensity of his/her own workout by varying resistance and pace. Please arrive 10 minutes early to adjust your bike. Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated and a towel to wipe excess perspiration. No bike guarantee—first come, first serve. A heart rate monitor is recommended for your own use and can be rented at the WellWorks front desk.
This class is a form of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) where there is 20 seconds of max intensity followed by 10 seconds rest, this cycle is repeated 8 times for each workout. This class will allow you to burn calories, while building strength and toning your muscles. You will use a variety of exercise equipment.
Total Body Strength
This fun, challenging, and effective class incorporates movements and exercises that will build strength throughout your entire body. The class ranges from moderate to vigorous intensity. Modifications are available for newer participants – This class incorporates a full body warm up, circuit strength training of all muscle groups, accessory muscle toning, core stability and endurance training along with a cool down and stretching. Classes will incorporate some great stretching and flexibility techniques to create proper range of motion in your joints and allow for optimal recovery after exercise.
Ditch the workout—join the party! This is a class inspired by Latin dance moves. Even if you are not a dancer, you will love this easy to follow, fun and effective way to get fit. This is a cardio class like no other. Zumba ® dance-fitness classes fuse a wonderful blend of high energy Latin and international music with easy-to-follow moves like the salsa, cha-cha, samba, tango, merengue, flamenco, calypso, hip-hop, cumbia, reggaeton and much more, to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program. The routines also feature interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. All moves are modifiable—you can Zumba ® your own way. Our goal is simple: we want you to want to work out and to love working out. Zumba ® and the Zumba logos are trademarks of Zumba Fitness, LLC. Used under license.
The Great Yoga Wall (Mind/Body Room, E192)
This 60 minute class will meet once per week for 4 week-long sessions. This class series is focused around building knowledge of alignment and how yoga can be used as a restoration method. The class will include slow flow yoga movement to build heat, gentle & restorative postures, breath & guided meditation. The course participants will utilize the yoga wall and other props to achieve relaxation of body & mind. A small class size guarantees personalized assistance on pose and body alignment.
Difficulty Level: Beginner to Advanced. This yoga series applies to anyone who has tension, stress, or body pain. We’ll explore ways that yoga can help provide relief from pain - head to toe! Each week, this yoga series will focus on a different body part/area to learn ways to help relieve pain, to stretch, strengthen & lengthen muscles and how to use active relaxation to relieve tension.
The Great Yoga Wall, Winter Series 1
Instructor: Piper Toth
Fridays, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. AND 1:10 - 2:10 p.m.
January 18-February 8
$30 for members/$40 for non-members.
The Great Yoga Wall, Winter Series 2
Instructor: Piper Toth
Fridays, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. AND 1:10 - 2:10 p.m.
February 15-March 8
$30 for members/$40 for non-members.
1. At the end of each class, your mind and body will feel refreshed and renewed.
2. By the end of the class series, you will have the necessary knowledge and experience to help relieve tension in various muscles/joints.
Instructor: Piper Toth, 200 hr yoga certified instructor
This class will be limited to 9 participants.
Register by calling 740.593.2093.
Triathlon Training (location varies)
Join Ohio University WellWorks, Valor, and instructor Bill Hauschild as we join together to prepare our bodies and minds for Triathlon season.
This 14-week class will provide short lectures on how to properly prepare for and navigate a triathlon and offer progressive physical training to help you get into top shape. This program is timed to complete the week prior to the Race for a Reason - Ohio University (April 27), though participation in Race for a Reason is not required to attend the class. (Note: the times offered in this Facebook event only offer the course start dates. This course will run through April 18)
5 convenient class times are available (you must select one class option at time of registration):
- Tuesdays, 6:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m. (Beginner)
- Tuesdays, 7:15 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. (Beginner/Intermediate)
- Thursdays, 6:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m. (Beginner/Intermediate)
- Thursdays, 7:15 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. (Beginner)
- Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Beginner/Intermediate)
Each class must receive a minimum of 14 registrants. If minimum registrations are not reached in advance of the class beginning, participants will be given the option to transition to an alternate class time or to receive a refund.
- $45 for WellWorks members
- $95 for non-members*
*Pro-Tip: Join WellWorks in December 2018 by purchasing a 4-month membership package and you'll get one month of membership FREE - this will allow you to receive the $50 class discount AND utilize the fitness center and group fitness classes to complement your Triathlon classes during the entirety of your training.
- To register, call (740.593.2093) or stop by (Grover Center E124) WellWorks. Payment must be received to confirm placement in a class. WellWorks is a cash-free facility; please pay with credit card or check.
August 25 - May 6
Monday - Thursday
5:45 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:45 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
May 6-August 23
1 Ohio University
Grover Center E124
Athens, OH 45701
(GPS location 53 Richland Ave.)